BUCS EYE NEDBANK CUP SILVERWARE
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Orlando Pirates will be looking to claim a trophy in their fourth cup final of the 2013/14 season at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Soweto giants have reached every cup final this season including the CAF Champions’ League but they failed to win any silverware.
Pirates will be playing their second cup final in Durban this season, after they were beaten by Platinum Stars on the same venue in the MTN8 and history repeated itself in the Telkom Knockout final at Mbombela Stadium.
The Sea Robbers will lock horns in a crucial encounter of the Nedbank Cup final against Bidvest Wits after beating the KwaZulu-Natal based side, Maritzburg United by 2-1.
Meanwhile, Wits surprised Kaizer Chiefs by 4-2 on penalties after playing a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes.
Although Vladimir Vermezovic boys ended the season on fourth position, 10 points behind their opponents Bidvest wits but they are set to redeem themselves with the R7 million prizes.
These two sides will return to Durban for the second cup final in three years, following the Telkom Knockout in 2011 as Bucs scooped the trophy by 3-1.
Pirates taught the students a lesson after claiming four points in their two Absa Premiership 2013/14 encounters.
Pirates Assistant Coach, Eric Tinkler said, “We need to win this cup final, no body like to finish second. Everyone is available to play. Truth be told, difficult task, there strongest team on the league when they play us. We’re not playing for points. It’s a once off game.”
Wits Assistant Coach, Paul Johnson said, “We are not a small club, experience doesn’t count and it’s about who plays better on the day. We want to present the club. We want to win on normal time.”
Road to final:
Pirates: Thanda Royal Zulu 2-2 penalties (4-3); Santos 2-0; Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1; Maritzburg United 2-1.
Wits: AmaBEE 2-0; AmaZulu 4-1; Bloemfontein Celtics 2-1; Kaizer Chiefs 2-2 penalties (4-2).